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How to Control Mosquitoes

How to Control Mosquitoes

Prevent Mosquito Bites

  • Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and pants
  • Repair tears in window screens
  • Limit time outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Do not wear perfume outdoors
  • Insect repellants containing DEET are effective at reducing bites from mosquitoes (Carefully read and follow all directions on the label before use.)
  • Do not use DEET on infants under two years of age, pregnant women, or children's bedding or clothing

Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds

  • Properly dispose of old tires
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, and other water-holding containers
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly
  • Change water in birdbaths, pet bowls, and wading pools at least twice a week
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, buckets, etc.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools
  • Drain water from pool covers

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News & Notices

The State of Iowa is seeking and collecting information from impacted residents following the Mississippi Flooding that took place in April and May 2019. Click heading to learn more.
Posted: July 19, 2019
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Posted: June 25, 2019